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This is a Latin American percussion piece played on real instruments and layered up.

The rhythm uses a 2:3 clave played on clave sticks but also on the bongo skin (as I don't possess timbale) along with a cascara - by hitting the metallic side of the drum. This is then complemented by the bell pattern that usually accompanies cascara. Maracas add texture, as does the guiro which starts the piece.

We used Garageband's metronome to keep the base layer (guiro) on track, but I am aware we drift a little in parts. This was far harder to do than I had envisaged and a lot of time went into post-production in terms of the final arrangement and EQ settings. I still don't know if I have it right, so constructive feedback is welcomed!

Guiro, Cowbell, Clave sticks - Suzy Melville

Drums (conga, bongo), Maracas - Rosalind Loveluck (aka Mosaica)
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paul f. page said 2218 days ago (September 24th, 2013)
So interesting...
I like the way this piece builds as you move into it, gently adding instruments while keeping the beat steady. I hear it all as a sort-of ground base from which other things might develop, perhaps a melodic line with a pan flute or something. I can certainly appreciate the time and care you have taken to sync all these instruments, and you've done that very well, indeed. Probably easier as a live performance than as an instrument by instrument track recording. I enjoyed hearing this unusual piece.
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Narad said 2218 days ago (September 24th, 2013)
Very unusual piece of you, but nevertheless very appreciated. :)
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PeterB7858 said 2218 days ago (September 24th, 2013)
Interesting and creative post, Rosalind. I enjoyed it. I can imagine it took skill to bring it all together. I would also love to hear you sing (or improvise) over this sound bed. Thanks, both of you. Regards, Peter.
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magnatone said 2217 days ago (September 24th, 2013)
wow - what a complex piece of music. clearly much skill, effort and love went into this - interesting and cool - congrats!
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Symphony101 said 2217 days ago (September 25th, 2013)
it is great
to listen to this piece in the morning, I am energized for the whole day. Very cool listen !
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Sigmund said 2217 days ago (September 25th, 2013)
Interesting piece, and challenging by today's standards, with all of our quantized loops available for us to do this so easily. I am impressed - I know I would have a hard time with this too! Enjoyed!
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Philip18 said 2215 days ago (September 26th, 2013)
Interesting to hear the different instruments used and the way you build up the arrangement. A good bed for a melody or some other instruments to add to what is here.
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groovehounds said 2215 days ago (September 27th, 2013)
must of been very difficult to do ... not your typical 4/4 timing! Really enjoyed this human looping of beats.
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Moviz said 2213 days ago (September 29th, 2013)
That you say
it 'drifts a little doesn't matter at all, that's what gives the live feel to music and sometimes all the better for it....some great sounds and rhythm here.....nice collab', regards M
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IbotenicParadigm said 2212 days ago (September 29th, 2013)
Music For Pieces Of Wood
is a Steve Reich track I've always liked, and this put me in mind of that. You've done an admirable job of getting a wide range of sounds from the instruments you have, and I'll echo what several people have said: it's very difficult to do this well in an age of easy percussion loops. Your 'drifting' only adds to the piece. Well done!
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867-5309 said 2212 days ago (September 30th, 2013)
this one
is very exciting !
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sammydix said 2209 days ago (October 3rd, 2013)
love the clever title. don't be surprised if one day you get a pm asking permission to use this as a rhythm track (from me).
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Mosaica said 2205 days ago (October 7th, 2013)
I'd be delighted!
but I'll give you a better version - I can hear a couple of things in here that I've since fixed!
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Jarvoid said 2206 days ago (October 6th, 2013)
cool vibe....
...makes me wanna noodle over the top .......download and now I can !!


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VicDiesel said 2203 days ago (October 9th, 2013)
Fun bit of conversation between the percussion instruments. You could easily have done a vocal over it....
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michaeljayklein said 2200 days ago (October 12th, 2013)
Perez Prado, eat your heart out!
It's very earthy and captivating, and certainly well directed in how it progresses; I liked this very much! I think Paul has some really good ideas for it to build upon perhaps? Thanks for sharing this!
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Mosaica said 2193 days ago (October 19th, 2013)
Thanks to everyone...
...for your supportive and appreciative comments. Once the 'pain' of producing this one fades I'll no doubt put together another percussion number as I've bought a whole load more instruments in the last couple of weeks!!
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peacepiano said 2193 days ago (October 19th, 2013)
I like hearing live drums. All these drum loops are so convenient, but live drums have a special sound. Your arrangement is engaging and really shows how the percussion should sound. Thanks
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scaustrita said 2192 days ago (October 19th, 2013)
Great construction and layering of the latin percussion family.
I can definitely hear the rest of the band joining in.

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DWL said 2191 days ago (October 21st, 2013)
Percussion is not that easy
It is a lot harder than it sounds (I know, I've trying to play cajon!) Especially so when you're playing without a band.

Like Paul, I think a single lead instrument would work well and being me I'd probably add even more layers.

An interesting take on percussion.


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